Welcome to Episode 58 of Building My Legacy.

In the final podcast of our 10-part series on resilience, the topic is becoming resilient in the face of grief. Our guest for this entire series is Kate Fitzsimons who experienced grief at an early age when she lost her sister in a motor vehicle accident. Her story of resilience is an example of how to overcome life’s obstacles and move forward in a positive way. She has also coached many people through grief to bring them out of victimhood and back to a place of power.

Once again, Kate uses her 3Rs of resilience – recognize, reflect and redirect – to work through the feelings of shame and resentment that tend to pile on top of grief. The discussion will be valuable for anyone currently grieving the loss of a loved one as well as someone dealing with an employee or co-worker who is facing grief.

So if you want to know:

  • Why we grieve – and it’s not because we lost someone
  • How to deal positively with your own feelings of grief
  • What to do – and not to do – when a colleague is grieving
  • The importance of “holding space for your grief”


About Kate Fitzsimons

Named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2016, Kate Fitzsimons is an international speaker, certified life coach & director of the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation – a charity established in honor of her sister Nicole who died in an accident in Thailand in 2012.

Determined to save others from a similar tragic fate, Kate left her corporate career in 2013 to dedicate herself to educating young people about the importance of travel safety. Through her eye-opening presentation at high schools, Kate drives home to students the devastating consequences of risk-taking overseas – a message so powerful that she is now supported by the Australian government and major corporations.

Inspired to help others thrive through adversity, Kate’s presentations to students around the world and her popular podcast show, ”Okay. Now What?” help high school and college students develop “response-ability” – the ability to choose their response to any situation based on their perspective of it. Kate’s passion is to provide inspiration and practical advice to help you overcome even the most traumatic experiences. She knows if she can do it, anyone can.


About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching:


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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.